General Dentistry

Strong and Healthy for Life

general dentistry in Littleton, COOur mission is to treat our Littleton and Highlands Ranch neighbors as if they were part of our family—and to us, that means keeping their smiles healthy for life! That’s why we focus so much on preventing problems before they even start.

All of our general dentistry services are designed to keep your family’s teeth and gums clean, strong, and infection-free. Prevention is best, and we are here to help with everything from checkups and cleanings to periodontal care and sleep apnea treatments.

Dental Care From an Educated Dentist and Skilled Team

Dr. Burdick is committed to continual education to ensure that you get the care and personal attention that surpass your expectations. His commitment to excellence includes being a member of several organizations dedicated to professional and personal development for dentists and dental professionals.

Dr. Burdick is a member of the following professional organizations:

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Every Smile Is Precious

Every team member here at Victor H. Burdick, Jr., DDS, is passionate about dentistry. We are also passionate about the excellent service we provide to every patient who walks through our door. That means every single member of your family from your 12-year-old to your great-grandparents!

Our team has extensive experience in screening for cavities, gum disease, and any other issue that can negatively impact your oral health. No matter what dental concerns you might have, come and talk to us! We can help diagnose and treat dental conditions of all kinds.

We think that everyone deserves great health, and we go out of our way to make sure that getting it is comfortable, pain-free, and as relaxing as possible, right down to the x-rays and cleanings you need.

At Dr. Burdick’s dental office in Littleton, CO, we make it easy for you to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. When dentistry is pleasant, it is much easier to keep coming back to get general and preventive care instead of waiting until something goes wrong.

General and preventative dentistry in Littleton, CO and Englewood, COOur General and Preventive Services Include:

We’re proud to be able to offer all our patients a wide range of general and preventative services, including all of the following:

  • Comprehensive Exams and Oral Cancer Screenings to discover and begin treating problems before they become serious.
  • Digital X-Rays for greater accuracy and lowered exposures to radiation. Our dental treatments are more personalized and more precise as a result of this technology.
  • Ultrasonic Cleanings for the cleanest clean you have ever experienced. Professional cleanings can help prevent cavities, gum disease, and more dental issues from developing.
  • Periodontal Therapy to clear away gum infections. Your gums are a crucial part of dental health and deserve the same level of care as your teeth themselves.
  • Fluoride Treatments to protect teeth and decrease sensitivity. Your teeth will become stronger and healthier with every treatment.
  • Mouthguards to safeguard your smile during sports or sleep. Our mouthguards are comfortable and offer comprehensive protection for your teeth.
  • Sleep Apnea Treatment to help you get a good night’s sleep—comfortably! Sleep apnea treatment can stop snoring and improve your overall health.
  • TMJ Treatment to help stop your headaches and save your teeth. This treatment will help you naturally stop any painful jaw clenching or grinding, even if it happens while you sleep.
  • Emergency Care for when the unexpected happens. There’s no need to panic, even during a dental emergency, when you’ve got our team standing by to help you.
  • Tooth Extractions in the case of irreparable tooth damage. We’ll do everything we can to save your natural teeth, but sometimes an extraction is the best option for your dental  health.

It all adds up to general family dental care you can count on to keep you healthy, happy, and enjoying life with a smile.

Contact Our Warm and Friendly Dental Office for Excellent Care Today!

Your dental health matters, which is why it’s important to find a dentist that cares about you and your loved ones on an individual basis. Find your smile’s ideal health with general and preventive dentistry. Give us a call today!

Tooth Extractions

If you have untreated tooth decay or gum disease, the structural integrity of your tooth can become compromised. Sometimes extraction might be necessary to prevent further infection.

We will always do everything possible to preserve your existing tooth structure. In the case that we have to perform a tooth extraction, we will only remove what is necessary, and we promise to make it as painless as possible! We even offer NuCalm stress-relieving treatment to help you get through any procedure you need.

After your tooth extraction site has healed and the underlying disease has cleared up, you can come back for one of our top-quality restorative procedures to replace your missing tooth. You can choose from a dental implant or dental bridge, both completed by a beautiful porcelain dental crown.

Comprehensive Dental Exams

Want to prevent both dental and overall health issues? Keep up with your regular dental exams and checkups. These exams are just as important to your health as all your medical exams.

How can we claim that? Your mouth is not separate from the rest of your body, and if you develop infections in your teeth and gums, or begin to suffer from TMJ disorder or sleep apnea, the rest of you will suffer too.

When you come to see us for your cleanings, we keep an eye on what is happening in your mouth, but we also like to schedule a comprehensive exam to do the following:

  • Update your dental x-rays.
  • Screen for oral cancer.
  • Measure your gum pockets and check for inflammation.
  • And make sure none of your teeth are damaged or decayed.

All of these dental exams and screenings are designed to ensure that even the smallest problems will be caught early—when they are easier and less expensive to treat and have less impact on your overall wellness.

Oral Cancer Screenings

Believe it or not, oral cancer is one of the fastest-growing cancers in America—and the numbers keep going up according to The Oral Cancer Foundation. They estimate that this year approximately 49,750 Americans will be newly diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer.

Those numbers are staggering, we know. They are exactly why we encourage our patients to schedule and keep up with routine oral cancer screenings. At these screenings, we will check for the very first signs of mouth cancer such as:

  • Swelling.
  • Lumps or unusual thickening of the lips or cheek.
  • Discolored or speckled patches on your oral tissue.
  • Persistent bad breath.
  • Chronic sore throat.
  • And more.

Many times the spots, swelling, or other changes are so small in the first stages of cancer that you would probably never notice them. These first stages are when it is critical to begin treatment for the best outcome. Clearly, oral cancer screenings are nothing to ignore!

Dental X-Rays

X-rays are an integral part of maintaining your oral health. Without them, we would never be able to see what is happening beneath the surface of your enamel. Now, with digital x-rays, we are able to get a much clearer and sharper image than ever before—with much less exposure to radiation!

Since digital x-rays are saved directly to the computers we keep in each exam room, you can take a look at your x-rays right along with Dr. Burdick, if you like, and they are easily saved in your records for future reference. What’s more, digital x-rays are better for our amazing environment here in Colorado since they require no developing fluid or paper!

In addition to digital radiographs, we also use the DiagnoDent laser to aid in the early detection of dental caries. This cavity-detecting laser is so precise, it helps us find the dental decay before it can even be seen by x-rays! Together, our digital x-rays and DiagnoDent laser can help us find and take care of minor dental problems as early as possible.

Dental Hygiene

Almost everything you eat and drink, especially sugary drinks and high-carb foods, contribute to plaque, the sticky buildup full of bacteria that forms on your teeth. When it stays there too long, it hardens into calculus or tartar—a substance that is very difficult to remove and can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. That’s when professional cleanings come in.

A cleaning from Victor H. Burdick, Jr., DDS, is comfortable and easy. Plus, there really is nothing like the feeling you have after a good, professional dental cleaning. You know what we are talking about—and it isn’t something you can achieve at home no matter how well you brush and floss.

We offer both the efficiency of Piezo ultrasonic scaling, and the precision of professional hand scaling. We schedule your cleanings according to your personal needs and do not dictate a prescribed number of yearly cleanings. Some people need cleanings three or four times a year, while others may only need a twice-yearly cleaning.

Periodontal Therapy

No one really thinks about their gums. They are just there, quietly doing their job. Even when something goes wrong, they often don’t shout that problem at you like other areas of your mouth. In fact, gum disease can get fairly advanced before you begin to notice the symptoms. That’s more of a problem than you may think.

You see, your gums do more than hold your teeth in place. These delicate tissues are known as mucous membranes and they are there to help protect your body from infection. When they themselves become infected, that infection has a direct portal to the rest of your body, which can lead to all sorts of health problems including inflammation and increased risk for the following:

  • Heart disease.
  • Strokes.
  • Diabetic complications.
  • Issues during pregnancy.
  • Certain cancers.
  • And so much more!

If you see any signs of bleeding during brushing or flossing, or have tenderness, swelling, or redness of the gum tissue, please give us a call right away. If diagnosed early enough, we can treat it with a deep cleaning and Arestin, a topical antibiotic that is placed in the gum pockets for continual, multi-day treatment.

If your periodontal disease has advanced further than the initial stages, we will refer you to one of our trusted periodontal colleagues. There is a periodontist here in the building with us—how’s that for convenience?

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Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is for kids, right? Yes, it is—but it is also for adults just like you! Fluoride is not just a mineral famed for preventing cavities, it is also a terrific tool for protecting, remineralizing, and desensitizing teeth.

We offer fluoride treatments for kids at every visit because, yes, fluoride treatments do protect those precious growing teeth against the daily attack of sugars and bacteria. We offer the treatments to adults, as needed, for the very same thing and more. Even adult teeth come under attack from the foods we eat, the beverages we drink, and the stress we are under. All of this leads to adult cavities, decay at the gumline, and sensitivity.

One of the things that can put stress on the integrity of your teeth is dry mouth, or xerostomia, a condition in which your salivary glands do not produce enough saliva. Saliva isn’t just there to help you chew and digest your food. It also helps protect your teeth by rinsing away food and with an enzyme that breaks down starches.

Fluoride helps protect your teeth, stop sensitivity, and rebuild enamel. See why fluoride isn’t just for kids anymore?

Mouthguards

You have put a lot of effort into keeping your, and your family’s teeth, safe and strong. You have invested in braces, fluoride treatments, fillings, for your kids. And that’s not even mentioning all the restorative or cosmetic work you’ve had done yourself! Why risk damage during play or sleep? Ask us about custom-made night and sports guards.

Our sports guards offer your kids—or you, for that matter—far better protection than any boil-and-bite mouth guard available from the sporting goods store. In fact, people often discover that those mouthguards are so uncomfortable that they would rather not wear them at all. No mouthguard can protect teeth when they aren’t in your mouth!

Our guards are custom created from dental molds so they fit your mouth and protect your teeth in the most comfortable way possible. They also help protect against concussions!

Custom-designed mouthguards from Dr. Burdick can:

  • Protect teeth from being chipped, fractured, or knocked out.
  • Prevent jaw fractures.
  • Reduce the risks of concussion.
  • Allow for comfortable extended wear.

We also offer night guards to protect teeth from clenching and grinding during sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw or have been wondering why your teeth are chipping, please ask us about our comfortable night guards.

NuCalm®

We do not take risks with anesthesia here at Victor H. Burdick, Jr., DDS. Instead, we offer the amazing relaxation of NuCalm®: an award-winning method that helps you relax and feel better during any procedure. Dentists trust it and patients love it.

NuCalm® is a great treatment to help those with dental anxiety, or anyone who gets nervous at all at a dental office or during medical visits. Read more on our NuCalm® page.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you snore? Does your partner say you stop breathing during the night? Do you wake up feeling groggy and tired every morning? You could be suffering from sleep apnea—a serious disorder that affects over 20 million Americans.

Those are just the ones who have been diagnosed and recorded. Most people who suffer from sleep apnea don’t realize they have it—unless a spouse or someone who has shared a hotel room with them reports it to them. And sleep apnea does more than disrupt your sleep. It also depletes you of oxygen.

This depletion of oxygen makes you tired and groggy, but there is also evidence that sleep apnea can:

  • Worsen fibromyalgia.
  • Trigger hypertension.
  • Lead to cardiovascular disease.
  • Increase your risk of stroke.

We really don’t want that for our Littleton patient family! Because we are intimately familiar with the mouth, throat, and jaw, we can help diagnose obstructive sleep apnea and get you headed in the right direction for treatment.

Better yet, if you have already been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and have difficulty wearing your CPAP mask, we offer an oral appliance that can help stop mild to moderate sleep apnea without forced air or a mask! Ask us about sleep apnea and its treatment the next time you come see us!

TMJ Treatment

If you wake up to a sore jaw or aching teeth, if you experience frequent or chronic headaches or even migraines, if your fingers tingle or your tongue looks jaggy around the edges, you may be dealing with TMJ disorder!

People can develop TMJ disorder for all kinds of reasons—from daily stress that carries over into sleep and causes night-time grinding and clenching, to a blow or whiplash during an accident. But no matter what has caused it, you do not need to deal with TMJ disorder alone.

We employ bite splints to allow your jaw joint and its surrounding muscles to relax and return to their proper position. This relaxation gives our patients tremendous relief while also protecting their teeth from the damage that TMJ disorder can cause. Don’t suffer from TMJ pain and damage alone.

Call us and we can help evaluate your condition, refer you to a specialist, or treat you with a bite splint right here in our Littleton, CO, dentist’s office.

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Emergency Dental Care

Of course, you never chew on ice. We know you only munch hulless popcorn and never bite down on the kernels. And you never, ever use your teeth as tools. Right?

Well, even if you are a stickler about protecting your teeth, things can happen. A crown could break; a fall or vehicular collision could knock a tooth out; or you might just wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing toothache that just won’t stop.

Don’t worry. You aren’t alone! When you have a dental emergency, we are here to help. If you have been in a car accident, even if you are headed to the emergency room, please call us if you have experienced oral trauma.

Even if your emergency isn’t a matter of life-or-death, we are always here for you. Call our office any time, day or night, and we will direct you to help. And remember, if a tooth gets knocked out, don’t throw it away. Put it under your tongue or in a glass of milk and bring it to us. Occasionally, we are able to replace it!

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